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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Jags keep pacing Downriver League leaders

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Allen Park kept pace in the Downriver League by adding two more notches in the win column last week.

The Jags moved to 5-2 in the league with wins over Kennedy and Melvindale.

The week started with a big 56-14 win over neighboring Melvindale on Tuesday.

It was a game of defense for Allen Park who did not allow more than six points against a quarter.

The offense wasn’t too bad itself taking a dominating 15-2 lead after the first eight minutes and a 30-5 lead at the half.

A big third quarter of 19 points put the team up 49-11 after three and they cruised from there.

Strong ball movement across the court led to a balance of scoring on the team as 10 girls contributed points.

Erin Fish led the way with 12 points, seven steals and five assists.

Hailey Lazarek finished with nine points and four rebounds, Olivia Keeley had nine points and Casey Bowdell added eight.

Audrey Newstead finished with six points, Rachel Caswell had five and Lisa Marsh, Aly Kubik and Savannah Mehi had two points each.

Melvindale was led by Natali Perez with five points.

The Cards suffered an injury during the game that hurt the team and Coach Tom Schick said Allen Park plays a fundamentally sound game and that his team simply did not shoot well.

Two nights later it was another defensive effort for the Jaguars who topped Kennedy 48-21 and did not allow more than nine points during any outing.

Allen Park once again took a commanding 12-4 lead and turned it into a 28-10 lead at the half.

After three it was 40-12 and Kennedy won the final quarter (9-8), but the game was too far out of reach.

Bowdell and Lazarek combined for 10 of the Jags’ 12 points in the first quarter alone.

Free throws helped the cause as the Jags went nine-for-13 from the charity stripe.

Bowdell led the way with a solid game of 12 points, four steals, four rebounds and three assists.

Lazared finished with nine points and Newstead had six points, two steals and two blocks.

Kubik (four points, four steals, three assists), Hannah Holder (four points, three steals, three rebounds), Arrielle Gamble (four points, four rebounds) and Erin Fish (three points, two steals) also contributed to the win.

The Eagles were led by Daija Anderson with 10 points, nine rebounds four steals and a block.

Asia Page finished with five points, three rebounds a steal and a block and Emily Sanchez, Teressa Savastano and Rosemary Nnangobya finished with two points each.

Kennedy battled through injuries to start the week with a 48-42 victory over Trenton.

“It was very nice to see the girls come together and pull out a win in a tough environment,” Kennedy Coach Jeff Baum said about the win. “It’s a tough gym to play in. They (Trenton) just beat Wyandotte last night so it was a big win for us.”

Kennedy took an early lead that held through the first quarter (12-9) before Trenton started a comeback.

Trenton’s Kaylie Crowell made four of six free throw attempts to put the Trojans within one and then nailed a triple to give the Trojans their first lead of the game (17-15).

Kennedy quickly tied it up and finished the half up 20-19.

The second half is where the team’s picked up their physical play. The third quarter featured seven combined fouls, but a 35-32 lead for the Eagles heading into the fourth quarter.

Working off of a small rally at the end of the third quarter, Rachel Arnold pulled the Trojans within one point, but they couldn’t quite re-take the lead.

“They hit big shots, we make a run, they get back and then we just couldn’t close that out,” said Trenton Coach Rob Sauter.

The Trojans did tie it back up at 41 with 2:41 to play, but that’s where the Eagles took the lead and didn’t look back. Page hit a triple with 2:22 to go, and then Anderson found the basket for two with 57 seconds left.

“It gave us some confidence, we started knocking down some shots, and I thought we did a better job defensively in the second half, matching up with their shooters,” Baum said.

Crowell finished with 15-points and three rebounds to lead the Trojans. Walker had seven points and two boards, and Shelby Kohler had six points and seven boards for Trenton as well.

Page had a game-high 17 points and eight boards, while Anderson scored 15 points and contributed seven boards. Page also had three blocks and a steal while Anderson had one steal.

Trenton bounced back with a dominating 53-14 win over Lincoln Park.

A big 10-1 lead translated into a 29-8 lead at the half and the Trojans rolled from there.

The team only allowed six points in the second half while putting up 24 of their own for the easy win.

Olds led the way with 14 points, two rebounds, two assists and four steals.

Crowell finished with 10 points, two rebounds, six steals and an assist.

Rachel Arnold led the glass with eight rebounds and also put up eight points.

The Rails were led by Amie Lackowski and Brittany Woods with three points each.

Kennedy ended the week with a close 39-34 loss to non-league Belleville.

Page led the way with 20 points.

“We are struggling mightily from the free throw line and we missed opportunities to take control of the game by not converting,” Baum said.

Last Updated: 1/21/2014 2:53:21 PM EST